Hunan Bloolong

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Black Tea
Black Tea Leaves
Almond, Apricot, Butter, Caramel, Cream, Honey, Malt, Mango, Mineral, Orange, Peach, Pine, Rose, Straw, Toast, Vanilla, Metallic
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Boiling 6 g 4 oz / 118 ml

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On our recent trip to China, we tasted this unusual tea and loved it. Our friends at Hunan Tea have made a black tea from a plant that normally would make oolong tea. It is much more aromatic than most black teas, and the peach flavors are lovely. It also coats your mouth with those luscious peach flavors. When we were naming it, we could not resist calling it “Bloolong,” i.e. Black Oolong.

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This was another of the teas I finished back around the start of May. Originating in Hunan Province, this black tea was produced from a cultivar normally used in the production of oolong. Like most of the Chinese black teas offered by Harney & Sons, I found it to be more or less excellent and a great value to boot.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a quick rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 ounces of 212 F water for 5 seconds. This infusion was chased by 15 subsequent infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 7 seconds, 9 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, and 5 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves emitted aromas of peach, pine, toast, and honey. After the rinse, I noted stronger peach and honey scents as well as emerging apricot, butter, and roasted almond aromas. There were some hints of malt too. The first infusion brought out aromas of straw and candied orange peel. In the mouth, the tea liquor offered notes of peach, honey, and apricot on the entry that were immediately chased by roasted almond, butter, malt, toast, straw, and candied orange peel notes. There were also surprising hints of rose on the swallow. The subsequent infusions saw rose and vanilla emerge on the nose. Subtle pine notes belatedly emerged in the mouth. New impressions of caramel, cream, minerals, and mango also showed themselves. The last infusions offered soft, lingering mineral, roasted almond, and cream notes that were balanced by even softer impressions of malt and vanilla.

Though this was not the most complex black tea in the world, it was incredibly unique and enjoyable. No component was out of place, as everything worked wonderfully together. I would love to know which cultivar was used to produce this tea. Definitely check this one out if you are looking for a sweeter, fruitier black tea unlike many others on the market.

Flavors: Almond, Apricot, Butter, Caramel, Cream, Honey, Malt, Mango, Mineral, Orange, Peach, Pine, Rose, Straw, Toast, Vanilla

Boiling 6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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This tea is “a black tea made from an oolong varietal tea plant.” (What does that mean? I need an adult.)

I ordered this sample in addition to the other things I was ordering because I decided to “treat yo’self.” I decided I wanted to try something that was expensive. I sifted through all the $100+ items, then chose the one in stock that sounded best ($133/pound, sample $4).

What are classy, high-end people drinking? When people make tea in movies, is this it?

When I stuck my face in the mug, it smelled amazing. It had a smell I’d classify more as “apricot” than “peach,” with maybe a tinge of vanilla and/or cinnamon. Sniff sniff. I felt like my beagle.

The taste is definitely black tea. There’s a slight maltiness and maybe a dash of metallic taste here. I wrote down the phrase “werewolf blood,” so take that as you will. There are, as I swallow, a bunch of mild fruity and creamy tastes. I get the peach, but that might be because I was primed to think of the peach from the site’s description.

This would be, unfortunately, a great daily drinker. It’s delicious, but not attention-grabbing. I say “unfortunately” because I am obviously not going to be buying $133 of this little number. I have a mortgage.

But this is super-tasty, and I recommend, should something like this come your way, you try it.

Flavors: Apricot, Cream, Malt, Metallic, Peach

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